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“Green” issues are fashionable. Like denim, they have been for 40 years. They are the defining cause of the dissident Baby Boomer generation (that’s mum and dad to most people under 40). We interrogate some of the iconic green themes.

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Popper, Khun and Ravetz don’t sink climate scepticism

Why we posted this: James Delingpole is leading right-of-centre commentator in the UK and he is amongst the most consistent opponents of “climate change science”, which he thinks has been hijacked by people who abuse the scientific process. He adds a new charge.  More »

Themes: Green / Media. Posted by Richard D North on September 14th, 2010

Trudie Styler: Worth the airlmiles?

Why we posted this: There’s much fun to be had at the expense of Trudie Styler and the helicopters and private jets she uses to defend the planet and its people. But suppose she’s worth the airmiles? Or is she barking up the wrong tree? More »

Themes: Campaigning / Green / Rights. Posted by Richard D North on May 25th, 2009

Our leaders should ignore street protest

Why we posted this: It’s a commonplace that The People are angry with capitalism and that’s why there’s protest on the streets, and it ought to be heard by our leaders. But actually, isn’t the big surprise that there’s so little protest and that there is little evidence that people think capitalism is dead, or anything like it?  More »

Themes: Food / Green / Money. Posted by Richard D North on April 3rd, 2009

UN admits Israel did not shell Gaza school

Why we posted this: It’s official: the Israeli military did not – as widely reported at the time – shell a United Nations school in Gaza, killing 43 in its grounds. Time for an apology by the reporters? More »

Themes: Campaigning / Green / Interrogating the Media / Media / Politics. Posted by Richard D North on February 4th, 2009

Class warfare and flying

Why we posted this: George Monbiot is quite funny – if a tad over the top – on the way the middle classes are taking most of the advantage of cheap flights. But the squabble over flying is also mostly a middle class affair – like most arguments. More »

Themes: Campaigning / Global Warming / Green / Money / Rights. Posted by Richard D North on January 14th, 2009

A crackdown on protest – why not?

Why we posted this: The idea that protest is almost always good and being strict with it almost always bad is not necessarily sensible. So why shouldn’t the UK government consider blocking a legal loophole used by lawyers and juries to let protesters off? More »

Themes: Campaigning / Food / Green / Politics / Rights. Posted by Richard D North on December 31st, 2008

Climate change debate: too nice to be real

Why we posted this: The great and the good talk about climate change as though everyone really, really cared. They don’t. And the laggards are not being wholly unreasonable.  More »

Themes: Global Warming / Green / Money. Posted by Richard D North on December 3rd, 2008

Greenpeace guilty of criminal disingenuousness?

Why we posted this: Greenpeace have again exploited a legal loophole which makes it impossible to curtail their “right” to damage property. More »

Themes: Campaigning / Green / Media / Rights / Society / Truth & Trust. Posted by Paul Seaman on September 11th, 2008

Britain crowded with problems or opportunities?

Why we posted this: Immigration throws up challenges as well as opportunities. But immigration poses as many opportunities as threats. More »

Themes: Green / Money. Posted by Paul Seaman on September 5th, 2008

Learning to accept climate change?

Why we posted this: The British government seem to be softening up the public for the idea that climate change can’t be stopped. We suggest this is good sense and ought to be stated more honestly More »

Themes: Global Warming / Green. Posted by Richard D North on August 7th, 2008